It emerged today that the York Council has already handed over £18,498.70 this year to the contractor charged with controlling weed growth in the City.
The figure conflicts with assurances given at a public review meeting held earlier in the week when the impression was given that payments were being withheld because of poor performance.
The contract states that treated areas must be “98%” free of weed growth. Clearly this isn’t the case in most of the City. In additional several major roads and areas were omitted by the Council – in error – from the contract. These areas, including parts of theA59 and A1237, are still not showing any “die back” as a result of the promised “third treatment”
The meeting on Monday was largely indecisive. A further
review is promised but it appears that the existing contract isn’t being
There are no plans to undertake weed control activities in
at least a “trial” sector of the City using the Councils own workforce. This would
have allowed work quality claims to be tested.
The latest revelations are likely to lead to renewed calls
for greater transparency on the activities of the Councils’ partners. One
Councillor (Mark Warters) has already asked for copies of weed control activity
worksheets for his ward to be published. In addition, many residents believe that
the results of contract supervisory checks should be made public. These issues may
be subject to a Freedom of Information request.
A list of suggested initiatives was presented by residents to the meeting (above right). A response is awaited.
The latest footfall figures, reproduced by the BID team, reveal that there has been a 4% drop in visitor numbers so far this year. It is even worse on a year on year basis and is below the county average
That is a poor platform on which to approach the, normally busy, run up to Christmas.
In Acomb, the picture is slightly different with some traders reporting steady business trends. This is despite the lamentable performance recently of the Council in keeping open spaces, gutters and the areas around trees and street furniture free of weeds and litter.
The picture in residential areas is also disappointing with weeds disfiguring many streets
The traffic islands at the junction of Station Road, Poppleton with the A59 have been cleared of weeds and detritus by the Council. The long overdue improvement has given this key entry into the City a much needed boost.
There is still a lot of work to do removing weeds from the gutters while some of the trees still need cutting back from the paths.
….and thanks to the York Bid team who have completed the removal of weeds, cans and detritus from the Ouse Bridge parapet. Another busy location given a much needed face-lift.